Good Times!

Good Times!
To the left a family poses for a photo dressed in 19th-century style hats, bonnets, dresses, and vests. To the right, a man in a green polo shirt aims his camera at the group. Racks and boxes of clothing choices are in the upper right corner.
Visitors to Wildcatter Days last Saturday at Historic Pithole enjoyed the old-time photo booth (for more photos of Wildcatter Days, visit Drake Well's Facebook page)

As always this time of year, there's a lot to do at our sites and museums in the coming weeks. We list special events and programs on Trailheads, but every visit to a Trails of History site is special. Why not make some lasting memories with family and friends? Or spend some quality "me" time enjoying a lovely garden or learning about the lives of people from the past? You'll find all our sites, and links to their schedules, on our website at

And if the summer heat isn't your style, check out the Trailheads Rec Room pages to the right of your screen (when looking at the top of this post) or PHMC's YouTube channel. Whatever you choose, (even if it isn't on the Trails of History), I hope you have some time to rest and recharge.

Up Next*

*Please note that calendar info is subject to change; we try to keep this up to date, but it's always best to check.

Saturday, July 16

  • Civil War Weekend (in-person); Saturday 10 am-4 pm, Sunday noon-4 pm; Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
    • There will be military and civilian reenactors, presentations on Civil War medicine, hands-on activities for children, and more. Admission charged (Civil War Weekend info).
  • StoryTime (in-person); 10:30-11:30; The State Museum of PA
    • Read John, Paul, George & Ben, discover truths and legends about the Founding Fathers, and try writing with a quill pen. For kids age 2 to Pre-K and included in regular admission (SMOP StoryTime info).
  • Hidden Sounds Musical Program (in-person); 2-4 pm; Old Economy Village
    • In partnership with the Harmony Museum, OEV presents a look at Harmonist music and examples recorded by Grammy-winning cellist Eugene Friesen in the Harmonist wine cellar in Harmony, PA. The program is free, but space is limited (Hidden Sounds info and registration).
  • The Dead of Summer (in-person); 6-8 pm; Graeme Park
    • This program includes a reenactment of an early 20th-century spiritualist seance and a discussion of the history of such entertainments. Tickets are $20 per person; limit of 20 people each for 6 pm and 7:30 pm programs (Dead of Summer info and tickets).

Sunday, July 17

  • Sensory Friendly Visit (in-person); 10 am-noon; PA Military Museum
    • Exhibit noises in the gallery will be turned off and the volume on the orienation video will be lowered (captions always enabled). Standard admission rates apply. Please register for a timeslot in advance; you can pay when you arrive (select July 17 on PMM program calendar at this link).
  • Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration (in-person); 1-4 pm; Pennsbury Manor
    • The cooks are starting to preserve some of the summer harvest. Included in regular admission (Open Hearth Cooking info).
  • Reading & Book Signing (in-person); 2-3 pm; Drake Well Museum & Park
    • Author Alicia Puglionesi will read from and sign copies of her new book, In Whose Ruins: Power, Possession, and the Landscapes of American Empire (book signing info).

Tuesday, July 19

  • Sensory Hours (in-person); 9-11 am; Railroad Museum of PA
    • Light, noise, and crowd levels will be reduced, and there will be some quiet spaces if you need a break. A few of the historic trains will be open, with staff on hand to answer questions. Advance tickets required (RMP Sensory Hours info and tickets).
  • Garden Workshop Series (in-person); 10-11 am; Pennsbury Manor
    • Today's topic is medicinal herbs. The workshop is open to visitors age 12 and older; cost is $20. Registration is required; call 215/946-0400 to reserve your spot (Garden workshop info).

Wednesday, July 20

  • Explore! (in-person); 11:30 am-12:30 pm; The State Museum of PA
    • Learn about the fish of PA's waterways, their habitats, behavior, conservation, and the traditional Japanese method of fish printing, gyotaku. For kids in grades 3-5 and included in regular admission. Space is limited; please sign up at the Ground Floor Info Desk (Explore! info).
  • History Speaks Series (in-person); 7-10 pm; Bushy Run Battlefield

Thursday, July 21

  • Family Gallery Tour: Paleontology (in-person); 11:30 am-12:30 pm; The State Museum of PA
    • Museum educators will use hands-on fossils to help visitors learn about life on Earth from the Carboniferous Period to the present. Included in regular admission (Gallery Tour info).

Advance Tickets or Registrations

  • Garden Workshop Series (in-person); continuing Tues., July 26-Aug. 23, 10-11 am; Pennsbury Manor
    • Join Pennsbury's gardener to learn about 17th-century and modern gardening skills - a new topic each week. The workshops are open to visitors age 12 and older; cost is $20 per session. Registration is required; call 215/946-0400 to reserve your spot (Garden workshop dates and topics).
  • The Battle of Brandywine (virtual); Tues., Aug. 9, 7-8 pm; Cornwall Iron Furnace
    • Historian and educator Michael C. Harris will draw on his research and experience to present a program on this important Revolutionary War battle. Cornwall site administrator Mike Emery will moderate a short discussion. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Cornwall lecture info and registration).
  • Sensory Friendly Visit (in-person); Wed., Aug. 10, 10 am-3 pm, and Sun., Aug. 14, 10 am-noon; PA Military Museum
  • Exploring the Armor (in-person); Sat., Aug. 13, 2-4 pm; PA Military Museum
    • Take a guided tour of the tracked vehicles on the museum grounds. Tickets are $15. Space is limited and reservations are required; as of earlier this week there were 5 slots available (Armored tour tickets).
  • Drake Well Marathon and Half (in-person and virtual); Sun., August 14; 7 am-?, Drake Well Museum & Park

Summer Camps on the Trails of History (in-person and virtual)

  • Pennsylvania Lumber Museum


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